A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced bills in the US House and Senate that would significantly amend the Stored Communications Act (SCA),1 which forms Title II of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, to address issues frequently arising from cross-border data requests by law enforcement.2 If enacted into law, the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act would (1) require cloud providers operating domestically to comply with SCA-authorized data requests, even when the data is stored abroad, and (2) pave the way for executive agreements that would authorize certain foreign governments to request content directly from US service providers.

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